Chinese New Year: A Story Time Idea

 

In 2020, the Chinese New Year falls on January 25th. In mainland China, it is known as the Spring Festival. Chinese people all over the world celebrate it to mark the end of winter and welcome spring and new harvests. It is also a time to start fresh, pray to the gods for good crops, and scare monsters off with fireworks. Red decorations, like red lanterns, red papers, and strings of chili peppers scare the monsters too.

During this holiday, elders give children red envelopes, known as red pockets, with money. According to tradition, the elders transfer good fortune to the kids by giving them this gift. Families eat dumplings and spring rolls and drink a particular wine. The celebration of the Chinese New Year lasts 15 days and ends with the Lantern Festival.

When my boss asked around the library who wanted to do the Chinese New Year’s story time, I jumped. I am up for any activity that supports our diverse community. So here is the outline of my story time for Chinese New Year.

Books

1. My First Chinese New Year by Karen Katz

A lovely little girl experiences her first Chinese New Year in this vibrant story. Kids learn about the main traditions of the Chinese New Year with this children’s book.

2. Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas by Natasha Jim

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas is one of my favorite children’s books. It is a Chinese spin-off of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and its lively illustrations and storyline get the kids’ attention.

3. A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin

A Caldecott Honor Book, this whimsical picture book is about the phases of the moon. It is not about the Chinese New Year, per se. However, I chose it because Grace Lin wrote it, it is gorgeous, and the moon is a subject related to the Spring Festival.

Songs

1. Dragon Dance (to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)

See the dragons dance and peace,

dance and prance,

dance and prance,

See the dragons dance and prance on Chinese New Year’s Day

 

See the dragons hop, hop, hop,

hop, hop, hop,

hop, hop, hop,

See the dragons hop, hop, hop on Chinese New Year’s Day.

 

See the dragons shake their tails,

shake their tails,

shake their tails,

See the dragons shake their tails on Chinese New Year’s Day.

See the dragons turn around,

turn around,

turn around,

See the dragons turn around on Chinese New Year’s Day.

 

See the dragons go to sleep,

go to sleep,

go to sleep,

See the dragons go to sleep on Chinese New Year’s Day.

 

2. Five Green Dragons (to the tune of Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed)

Five green dragons making such a roar,

One danced away and then there were four,

Four green dragons dancing around a tree,

One danced away and then there were three,

Three green dragons dancing around you,

One danced away and then there were two,

Two green dragons dancing in the sun,

One danced away and then there was one,

One green dragon having lots of fun,

She danced away and then there were none.

 

Craft

The craft for this Chinese New Year’s story time is a red lantern made of construction paper. I gave the lantern a magical touch with gold glitter paint. I got the idea on how to make the lantern from Crafts on Sea.

 

新年快乐

 

Chinese New Year | Multicultural Kid Blogs Welcome to our sixth annual Chinese New Year blog hop! Lunar New Year, more commonly known as Chinese New Year, starts on January 25 this year. It is the beginning of the Year of the Rat, and we have lots of great ideas for celebrating it with kids! Don’t miss our series from last year, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015, and you can find even more on our Chinese New Year Pinterest board: //assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js

Participating Blogs

Fortune Cookie Mom on Multicultural Kid Blogs

Creative World of Varya

Mommy Factor

Crafty Moms Share

Miss Panda Chinese

Bicultural Mama

Sophic Orb

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